It’s impossible to let winter pass by and not indulge in some lovely Gajar Halwa which truly is the Queen of Indian Desserts. And does India have a huge variety of desserts! Winter is a nice time to eat slightly rich food and not sweat like a horse while eating and also a lot of sweet and fresh vegetables grow in winter which is otherwise impossible to grow and find in winter. Though we do get some variety of carrots which come from cold storage which tastes entirely like wood, we do have to manage with them because that’s what we get in this hot and humid country!
To me, Gajar Halwa is one of the simplest dessert recipes to make as it’s an absolutely no hassle recipe! It’s not one of those recipes where you have to stand watch right from start to finish even though it does take a bit of time to make. But the wait is so worth it! I mean Gajar Halwa is delicious and can be made as rich or as simple as you want!
- Fresh Orange Carrots - 1 Kilo, Washed, Peeled and Grated
- Full Cream Milk - 2 and ½ Cups
- Granulated Sugar - 10 to 12 Teaspoons
- Raisins - ½ Cup Whole
- Cashews - ½ Cup Chopped Fine
- Pure Milk Sandesh - 3
- Ghee - 3 Tablespoons
- Add a teaspoon of ghee to a frying pan on medium-high heat and sauté the Raisins. When the Raisins swell up to the size of a grape, remove from heat and the sauté cashew nuts bits till a light golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Place a non-stick kadhai on low heat and add milk.
- When the milk comes to a simmer, add the grated carrot. Stir occasionally. Let the heat remain on low.
- When the carrots are cooked 75% in the milk, add the sugar and stir well.
- Next, add the Ghee and stir well.
- This part takes a bit of work. Turn the heat up to medium-high and start evaporating the remaining milk.
- Keep stirring so as to let the halwa cook uniformly and even evaporation of milk.
- When the milk has completely evaporated, add the Raisins and Cashew Nut Bits and stir them evenly into the halwa.
- Break up the Pure Milk Sandesh and drop it into the halwa. Stir well. Leave bits of the Sandesh visible in the halwa. The Sandesh will add a nice and mild milky flavor.
- When the halwa has reached a consistency like what you see in the pictures of this post, turn the heat off and enjoy the Gajar Halwa hot and hot!
Adding the Pure Milk Sandesh in the Gajar Halwa adds a nice amount of smoothness. Please be a bit free while adding the Ghee, Raisins, and Cashew nuts as all these ingredients will add plenty of oomph to your Halwa! The more, the merrier! Please feel free to add more sugar as I like my halwa with a bit less sweet.
Remember not to cook the grated carrots too much otherwise you’ll end up with mush and not a halwa. Other than this tip, this is a very easy recipe to make!
Do make this recipe as soon as possible and do let me know how it turns out for you! Enjoy!